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Alex M. Martino
Junior High School
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Ms. Beck
Speech - Liberty Jr. High
and Martino Jr. High
lbeck@nlsd122.org

About Me...

 Staff PhotoI was born an identical twin, 10 weeks premature.   I only weighed 2 lbs at birth.  My twin sister, Laura, weighed less.   Laura died the day after we were born.   Doctors did not expect me to survive, but I proved them wrong.   I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of two.   Due to this disability, I was enrolled in special education classes for several years before I was allowed to attend general education classes in my home school with my friends.  I believe my background gives me special insight as to what it is like to be a kid and need to receive special education services.   I was extremely fortunate to have parents who treated me like everyone else and had very high expectations of me.    They didn't allow me to use my disability as an excuse to say that I couldn't accomplish something.  It is because of my parents that I am who I am today.  I am very passionate about helping my students achieve their speech-language goals and become active members in their community!

Quick Facts...

 

Years Teaching:

15

Favorite Book:

Non Fiction - The Bible   
Fiction - The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Favorite Thing About Teaching:

Helping my students learn strategies to become more independent!

Graduated From:

St. Xavier University in Chicago - Masters Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa - B.A. in Broadcast Communications

Hobbies:

Teaching at church, reading, baking, and cooking